Monday, February 12, 2018

February, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

February, 2018
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

War on Christmas (ChiZine Publications)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 500–5,000 words (soft range)
Deadline: March 4, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: April 4, 2018
Description: Deranged and demented stories and poems that snap back against all that holiday schmaltz. Our leanings are toward the dark, the speculative (SF, fantasy, horror), the flat-out weird, the humorous, etc. (avoid common “anti-Santa” stories).

Jack of No Trades Magazine (Nothing’s Sacred Vol. 4)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Nothing is off limits. The horror within can range from subtle to grotesque, psychological to physical, dark to full out terror so long as it is character driven.

Apex Magazine special Zodiac-themed issue (guest edited by Sheree Renée Thomas)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,5005,000 words
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Short stories that explore the heavenly cosmos and unveil mysteries, tales that reimagine Zodiacal archetypes and/or throw them on their heads.
As the stars align themselves above, write bold, fun, weird, scary, sensual stories that heal, frighten, intrigue, amuse.

Galileo’s Theme Park anthology (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,5003,000 words
Deadline: Accepting between March 1, 2018–April 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: up to eight weeks
Description: (SF/Fantasy/Horror/Humor) Space opera, SF, physics. The great Italian scientist is famous for standing up for science in the face of the Inquisition, doing his best work while under house arrest. He also brought us our first views of Jupiter's moons by combining a convex lens with a concave one to invent a high quality telescope. We invite you to take us on a journey to the lands beyond earth revealed to us by Galileo and other space scientists.

CRAFT Fiction (online literary journal)
Payment: $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for longer pieces
Story Length: up to 7,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: possibly
Response: unknown
Description: Fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. All genres and styles are welcome ; our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. Each selected piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft note from the author.

Sword & Sonnet (anthology by editors of Shimmer Mag and PodCastle)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: to 5,000
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: March 31, 2018
Description: Stories (not poetry) about battle poets. Stories featuring a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character.  We’re looking for lyrical shimmery stories, epic fantasy tales, and gritty poetpunk. Stories could feature secondary, historical or contemporary settings. Mostly fantasy, but also open to science fiction or horror.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

SNAFU Resurrection (edited by Geoff Brown; publ. by Cohesion Press)
Payment: AUD4 cents a word (abt. 3 cents a word US)
Story Length: 2,000–10,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: estimate 3-4 months
Description: Military horror anthology: High action monster story with soldiers (i.e. MUST have soldiers, MUST be extreme-action driven).

Vastarien: A Literary Journal (Ligotti-esque works)
Payment: 1 cent a word (up to $50)
Story Length: Nonfiction 2,000–7,500 words; Fiction 750–6,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Two weeks
Description: Scholarly and/or critical articles pertaining to Ligotti or associated authors (see below) or the kind of thematic and topical issues in which we’re interested; OR: Original fiction or poetry or art inspired by Ligottian and/or related themes.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Invention of the sub-genre: PARANORMAL-GRUNGE THRILLER

Hmmm… just wrote a ’90s high school grunge mystery—semi-autobiographical—that ended up at 11,000 words (after cutting from 13,000)…

In lieu of the current unmarketability of such an endeavor, I am here and now claiming invention rights and credits for a new sub-genre: PARANORMAL-GRUNGE THRILLER

I.e. should anyone else follow in my footsteps, you must credit as follows:

** The term was coined in 2018 by Eric J. Guignard via social media post. **

PARANORMAL-GRUNGE THRILLER: A specific form of Mystery sub-genre, similar in generalities to sub-genre definitions such as “Cozy,” or “Y.A.” but with distinction of slightly darker elements and situations as well as being set specifically in the “grunge-era” of the 1990s; Paranormal-Grunge Thrillers also include a supernatural element, and may be widely classified as a mystery or thriller, by which the main character (generally the author in his/her teen or college years) must solve a crime or puzzle.

A proto-Paranormal-Grunge Thriller is the novelette by Eric J. Guignard, “Up at Spadra, Where the Dead Don't Exist” (2018).

Publishers forthwith rejoice! I am offering you the chance for a unique and (*potentially*!) soon-to-be-wildly-successful market!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Just joined Mystery Writers of America

Just received my Active Writer acceptance into the Mystery Writers of America (MWA). Pleased and excited to join this org that’s been around since 1945, promoting mystery and crime thrillers! Additionally excited to be part of the regional So Cal. Chapter of other local writers, and look forward to attending their L.A. events once in a while.

More info on MWA here:

More info MWA So Cal. Chapter here:

Monday, January 15, 2018

January, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

January, 2018
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Spectacle (Magazine) (** New Market)
Payment: $100 for flash fiction. $500 for short stories.
Story Length: up to 7,500 words (incl. Flash up to 1,000 words)
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Currently 1 week; could become longer
Description: Speculative fiction and Weird fiction. EX: Space cowboys with a flair for ballet, bored zombies with 9-5 jobs, an alternate history where Hitler and Gandhi switch places.

Mysterion (ezine)
Payment: 6 cents a word (3 cents for reprints)
Story Length: up to 8,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Reprints?: Yes
Response: One month
Description: Christian-themed speculative stories--science fiction, fantasy, horror--with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology; science fiction and fantasy, good ghost stories, etc.; there's great fiction material hidden in the mysteries of Christian theology--cherubim, leviathan, nephilim, visions, prophecy, and more.

The Internet is Where the Robots Live Now (anthology, by Paper Dog Books)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500—5,000 words
Deadline: April 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: two months
Description: Short speculative fiction that considers the future of the internet, artificial intelligence, the mind, and robots. Give us your optimistic, fantastic, bittersweet stories of fantasy and science fiction.

Strange Horizons
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: to 10,000 words (under 5,000 preferred)
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: 40 days
Description: Imaginative, good speculative fiction, broadly defined (not pure horror), particularly from diverse perspectives; Unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives.

Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology (** New Market)
Payment: Minimum $250 per story, possibly with more depending on crowd funding.
Story Length: 2,000—7,000 words
Deadline: February 1, 2018 for the inaugural issue; September 1, 2018 for 2019 issues
Reprints?: No
Response: YA stories from established and emerging authors. Story titles should be one word in length and act as a clue (foreshadowing) to the story’s premise.

Weird Nature anthology (edited by Lynne Jamneck)
Payment: 7 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: An anthology of original short fiction that explores the physical and metaphysical boundaries between humanity and the natural world. Fantasy or literary short works, speculative fiction (broadly defined); stories should involve nature and the weird at their core; how the author wishes to interpret these themes is entirely up to them.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

Inferno! bi-monthly magazine through Black Library (Warhammer Gaming/ Games Workshop)
Payment: unknown. Could be extraordinary, could be little…
Story Length: begin with a 500-word sample. Story to extrapolate from there
Deadline: April 10, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 100 days (20 weeks)
Description: Warhammer (Games Workshop) is one of the largest gaming giants in the world. This is a change to work with them to write short stories within any one of their preexisting “worlds”. Looking for horror; war; detective; mystery; or adventure tales. Must only submit a 500 word sample, and if interested, editors will provide further guidelines. This could be an immense opportunity, but there’s no word on compensation. Black Library publishing here: